Design of Experiments and Reliability in Engineering
Optimization: Theory and practice

December 19th to 24th 2014

Organized by:
Center for Continuing Education &
Department of Engineering Design, IIT Madras

A Short-term Training Program on:
Design of Experiments and Reliability in Engineering Optimization: Theory and practice

Scarcity of time, resources and the need for efficiency has forced designers to look for better designs. Often times, it is a challenge for engineers to design efficient and cost-effective systems without compromising the integrity of the system. The conventional design process is a trial and error procedure that depends on the designer's intuition, experience and skill. Though one might be able to identify a feasible design, the quest for enhanced performance leads to the design optimization process. Optimization is the process of identifying the best way to use the available resources while not violating any of the constraints imposed. The short term course proposed aims in updating the knowledge of engineering practitioner in most important aspects of design optimization.

The course will cover concepts of basic optimum design, planning and analyzing designs through Design of Experiments, reliability theory and how these topics are integrated in an optimization framework. Design for Robustness and Reliability as a way to account for uncertainties will be discussed with numerical approximation techniques like surrogate models - how to construct, evaluate and use them.

This program is the second in a series of workshops on structural optimization and related areas. The first workshop was offered in Indian Institute of Science between July 14-19, 2014 on Structural Optimization.